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Hasina urges expatriates
Remain alert against opposition propaganda
. UNB, Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the Bangladeshi expatriates to supplement the government
efforts in strengthening democracy in Bangladesh and remain alert about the propaganda being carried out by BNP and Jamaat against the country.
"You (expatriates) should remain alert about the propaganda of the BNP and Jamaat against the country," she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban with the expatriates living in New York City on Sunday night (US time), marking the celebrations of Bangladesh's win in maritime boundary case.
About the country's image, she said, "The present government has been able to restore Bangladesh's image as a democratic, progressive and secular state erasing the bad name."
PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said Awami League's New York City unit arranged the programme at Queens Palace where the mayor of New Jersey was present as the chief guest.
She also called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates living in the USA to project the positive image and the successes that the country achieved during the last three years of the present Awami League government.
"Every sector of the country is making quick progress and our successes have brought qualitative changes in society and economy apart from improving the standard of living of people," she added.
Mentioning the intimidation of political opponents and minorities by the previous BNP government, Hasina said the global community should be aware of their repressive acts and political vengeance.
The Prime Minister expressed her gratitude to expatriates for their wholehearted support to her and Awami League at the time of any crisis, particularly after August 15, 1975, and during the crucial time after January 11, 2007. She also recalled the contributions of the expatriates to the movement for the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh, and extended her thanks to the expatriate citizens and exchanged greetings with them.
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